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2022 Champion Hurdle Odds - Honeysuckle odds-on to defend her crown at Cheltenham

By Jon Vine
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04 Jan 2022
  • We take a look at the early betting for the 2022 Champion Hurdle
  • The 2022 Champion Hurdle will be run on Tuesday 15th March 2022
  • Honeysuckle beat Sharjah and Epatante to win the 2021 Champion Hurdle
  • Henry De Bromhead's mare is odds-on to win the race again
  • Odds updated on January 4th
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Honeysuckle destroys her rivals in the 2021 Champion Hurdle. (Getty)
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Day one of the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Champion Hurdle, a historic two-mile Grade One that has been won by many of National Hunt racing's greats. In 2021, Henry De Bromhead celebrated his first Champion Hurdle victory, as unbeaten mare Honeysuckle justified favouritism with a superb display.

Here's an early look at the 2022 Champion Hurdle betting.

2022 Champion Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Honeysuckle4/5
Appreciate It7/1
Sharjah8/1
Epatante10/1
Zanahiyr14/1
Teahupoo14/1
Bar20/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 4/1/2022*

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Honeysuckle returned to action this season with an easy victory in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Henry De Bromhead's mare will head to the Irish Champion Hurdle again before returning to Cheltenham, and Paddy Power already make Honeysuckle an overwhelming favourite to win her second Champion Hurdle.

An autumn setback means Appreciate It will likely remain over hurdles this season, and Willie Mullins' Supreme winner sits second behind Honeysuckle in the market. Sharjah has jumped up to 8/1 in the betting after wins in the Morgiana Hurdle and a fourth-straight victory in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Epatante has also bounced back to her best this season, dead-heating with Not So Sleepy in the Fighting Fifth before an excellent win in the Christmas Hurdle. The 2020 Champion Hurdle is the best-placed of the British entrants in the Cheltenham Festival betting, having been cut into 10/1 in recent weeks.

Two four-year-olds, Zanahiyr and Teahupoo can be found at 14/1 in the current ante-post betting. Adagio, Quilixios, Saint Roi and Saint Felicien can all be found at 33/1.

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